Kiang Ai Kim
National university of Singapore
Working as a professor at National University of Singapore in Chemistry Department. Completed PhD in Chemistry Professor Kiang Ai Kim is well-known as the most senior Professor of Chemistry in Singapore and this region. Born in Singapore on 8 November 1915, Professor Kiang graduated from Raffles College with a First Class Diploma in Science in 1938. He then became the first Singaporean scientist to join the Chemistry Department of Raffles College and played a crucial role in re-establishing the Chemistry Department immediately after World War II. He obtained from the University of London the external degrees of B.Sc in 1939 and B.Sc Special in Chemistry in 1948. In 1949, he was awarded the Queen's Fellowship for postgraduate study in Cambridge University. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1952, he was appointed a lecturer in the University of Malaya, Singapore. In 1960, he became the first Singaporean to be the Professor and Head of Chemistry. Professor Kiang was very much an integral part of the University throughout his years of service. With great enthusiasm and drive, he threw himself whole-heartedly into building up the Department into one of the best not only in the University, but also in the region.